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Noel speaks out about gig attack

Noel Gallagher
Noel Gallagher was attacked during a set at Canada's V Festival

Noel Gallagher has spoken out about being pushed on stage at an Oasis gig in Canada, saying he feels like he has been fighting with a champion boxer.

Writing on the band's website, the musician said he "feels like I've had a sparring session with Ricky Hatton".

He added the fan "evaded our crack security team and assaulted my midriff" at Sunday's gig in Toronto.

Daniel Sullivan, 47, has been charged over the incident, which forced Oasis to postpone a concert.

'Bad feeling'

It has been rescheduled for 15 December.

Gallagher was admitted to hospital after the attack, but had returned to the stage shortly afterwards to continue performing.

The band's website stated that he suffered bruising to his hips and ribs and had fallen heavily into his monitor speakers as they performed (What's The Story) Morning Glory?

The 41-year-old also said in his blog entry that he had a "bad feeling" before the concert took place, but then joked that it would give him extra time in New York.

The incident came as the band performed the title track to their 1995 album (What's The Story) Morning Glory?

Gallagher's attacker was hauled to the ground by security guards. The guitarist's younger brother Liam, who was singing, had to be restrained from retaliating.

Events were captured on video by a fan in the audience and posted on the YouTube website.

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